22 Top Performing Philippine Schools for Pharmacy in 2017


The top performing pharmacy schools in the Philippines are hotspots for pharmaceutical companies like Unilab, Pfizer, Abbott Philippines, Wyeth, Sanofi Aventis, and Roche to recruit new talent.

We analyzed the results of two pharmacist licensure examinations plus other factors including level of accreditation and faculty-student ratio to find out which pharmacy schools have the most valuable undergraduate programs to produce batch of examinees with high passing rate.

Best Philippines Schools in Pharmacy 2017

Details on the present methodology are discussed here. Other possible factors which are possibly secondary variables in determining the best Philippine schools for pharmacy are included in the disclaimer page. Factors such as international linkages, community involvement, employer reputation, research outputs, and research citations per faculty are not part of this study. These variables are assumed to be correlated to the board exam results.


To rank the schools, we took the results of two pharmacist licensure examinations this year, the number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of the pharmacy program as other criteria.

The University of Santo Tomas came in first as the top performing school for pharmacy undergrads. Read on to see which schools made the list.

22 Best Philippine Schools with Bachelors in Pharmacy Programs for 2017
PassedFailedTotalWeighted % PASSED (40%)No. of Examinees (20%)With Top Examinees (10%)Accreditation LevelAccreditation Level Score (20%)Faculty-Student Ratio (FSR)No. of Students per FacultyFSR Score (10%)
1UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS94.764893652593.14%100100COE1001:212175
2SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY86.75421842998.13%10070Level III701:373765
3UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- MANILA78.51000100100.00%40100Level II601:161685
4CENTRO ESCOLAR UNIVERSITY- MANILA75.651521873370.26%10040Level IV801:242475
5UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS74.241351214791.84%40100Level II601:222275
6UNIVERSITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION-DAVAO74.022177729473.81%70100Level II601:191985
7UNIVERSITY OF SAN AGUSTIN73.6633912646572.91%10040Level II601:161685
8OUR LADY OF FATIMA UNIVERSITY-VALENZUELA69.381918327469.71%7040COD901:464655
9SAN PEDRO COLLEGE-DAVAO CITY69.231341615089.33%5040Level II601:202075
10ADAMSON UNIVERSITY68.087578291.46%3040Level III701:292975
11MANILA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY- CALOOCAN CITY63.35752910472.12%4040Level III701:121285
12MARIANO MARCOS STATE UNIVERSITY-BATAC61.34822110379.61%4040Level I501:202075
13CENTRO ESCOLAR UNIVERSITY- MALOLOS58.78915314463.19%4040Level III701:222275
14SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITY- TUGUEGARAO58.62871510285.30%4040Not Accredited301:373765
15ST. SCHOLASTICA'S COLLEGE-TACLOBAN58.4137175468.52%3070Candidate401:077100
16CENTRAL PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITY57.7249105983.05%3040Not Accredited301:161685
17CENTRO ESCOLAR UNIVERSITY- MAKATI57.711166117765.54%5040Level I501:232375
18ANGELES UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION56.44834512864.84%4040Level I501:151585
19LICEO DE CAGAYAN UNIVERSITY52.73634110460.58%4040Candidate401:171785
20OUR LADY OF FATIMA UNIVERSITY-ANTIPOLO CITY52.65934413767.89%4040Candidate401:424255
21OUR LADY OF FATIMA UNIVERSITY-QC52.641023814072.86%4040Not Accredited301:404055
22NEGROS ORIENTAL STATE UNIVERSITY (CVPC)-DUMAGUETE51.8758217973.42%3040Not Accredited301:313165
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